Thanks to National Science Week and our partners, our day of sea-sational Secrets of Sydney Harbour spread the word of ocean science. Image: ANMM.
National Science Week at the Museum
What a weekend! The waterfront was full of visitors looking to explore the underwater world of Sydney Harbour. Over 1200 people came through the door and we hope every one of them left with a greater understanding of the harbour’s diversity of life and work that is being done by organisations across NSW to protect and engage with this underwater world.
This year marks the 60th anniversary of the ‘invention’ of the shipping container. As a cornerstone of the global economy, the humble steel box has revolutionised the way we live in profound ways. From the food on our plates to our clothes and mobile phones, there are very few items today that don’t travel to us by sea.
Students from Newman Senior Technical College with Lloyd Godson
Lloyd Godson’s Habitat
The bright yellow habitat that has been a fixture at the museum during National Science Week 2015 has demonstrated the potential of collaborative projects to inspire younger generations to consider a career in science.
As part of our National Science Week grant (funded by Inspiring Australia) we partnered with Google Australia to trial using hangouts to connect with schools. This is the first time in Australia that an external institution has been invited to use hangouts outside of the school system and, while there were some initial teething problems, the execution and experience that the students are having has been seamless, and fun! So far six schools from around Australia have dialled in to listen to our underwater adventurer in residence, Lloyd Godson, talk about the science of living under the sea (more about Lloyd’s work can be found here).
Lloyd Godson launched the LEGOLAND Year of Records 2010 by living in an underwater house in the LEGOLAND ATLANTIS by SEA LIFE aquarium. Photo courtesy LEGOLAND Deutschland.
There are few frontiers left on earth where humans have not left their mark. From the highest mountains to the deepest oceans, humankind has always sought to conquer the most formidable of places. Australia has its fair share of courageous water explorers—from solo-sailors like Kay Cottee AO to long distance swimmers and intrepid adventurers. As part of National Science Week the Australian National Maritime Museum is excited to be hosting one such adventurer: scientist and explorer Lloyd Godson.
National Science Week 2014 is fast approaching and it will be a week packed full of discovery, experiments and adventure for all ages. SO, if you seek to learn new things, try something different and above all, have a fantastic fun-filled time, then the museum is for you.
Open to all Apple users, (just present the Tag Town app at our front of house desk for entry): ‘Hide, Seek, Dive and Peek @Anmmuseum’ is on from 16th of August to the 19th of August. Users can start playing “Tag Town” – a photographic scavenger hunt where pictures lead players, assisted by GPS, to discover real locations. Played in the real world via mobile app, players swipe through the image clues on their mobile device and when they find the location in the real-world, they snap and upload their own photo of it. Tag Town taps into the fun and creativity of photography and builds an expanding collection of shared photos of the local area’s most interesting features and locations.
Hide, Seek, Dive and Peek into the Museum and Onslow during Science Week this August.
Our Vessel Onslow part of our first quest of discovery…
2013 National Science Week on HMB Endeavour replica Photo: A Frolows, ANMM
The museum is pleased to be a recipient of a 2014 National Science Week grant from the Federal Government’s Inspiring Australia program. Our program, Endeavouring Science, looks at how science has both evolved and remained the same from the 18th century to the 21st century, featuring a range of activities located aboard the iconic HMB Endeavour replica as well as activations across the whole museum site. It will cover themes of weather and navigation, biology and botany, signals and communication and the scientific principles that underlie these.